April 29 through May 21, 2017

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens


17th Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens

Honorary Chair - Mark D. Sikes

Internationally known designer

The Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago announces the location of its 17th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens: an east Lake Forest estate designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. As one of the most respected turn of the century architects, Shaw received a nod in the “The Great Gatsby” as the architect of character Daisy Buchanan’s Lake Forest home.  

Also a top designer of his time, Mark D. Sikes, internationally-known interior designer and author of the new book “Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style,” will serve as the honorary chair of the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.  


The Historic Preservation Award-winning English country estate is set on more than two acres featuring exquisite gardens with bluestone patios, fountains and a large fire pit. The house is a five bedroom and five-and-a-half bath masterpiece with a five-room coach house with kitchen. The house was built in 1922 as a summer residence for a prominent lawyer named J. O. Hinkley. The present owners purchased the house in 2007 and meticulously researched and replaced original materials including mercury glass windows sourced from England.

Howard Van Doren Shaw’s houses are characterized by unexpected groupings of windows and wide-open living spaces with rooms open to each other – forward-looking design at the time. Featured in Stuart Cohen's new book "Inventing the New American House, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect," the author refers to many of the homes Shaw designed as big, scaled-up cottages. Shaw is known not only for his residential work but also for designing Market Square in Lake Forest, which Chicago magazine called, “ . . . arguably the first shopping mall in America”